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Two hikers die over holiday weekend

Two hikers died on New Hampshire trails – one on the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail in Crawford’s Purchase, and the other on the Ripley Falls trail in Hart’s Location – over the holiday weekend.

Rescuers responded to a call for an unresponsive hiker on the Ripley Falls trail in Hart’s Location about 11 a.m. Saturday, but attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful. New Hampshire Fish and Game is still working to notify the family of the unidentified 60-year-old man’s death.

The man, who was from Massachusetts, was hiking with friends and family when he died, according to a Fish and Game Department release. The exact cause of his death has not yet been determined.

The second hiker collapsed and died on the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail in Crawford’s Purchase on Saturday night about 9:30 p.m., according to another release.

Officials said Dr. Robert Fernandez, 69, of Kennebunkport, Maine, had been hiking alone. Two other hikers noticed Fernandez was alone and appeared tired, so they began to hike down the trail with him. When Fernandez collapsed about a half mile from the parking lot, Trent Sanders of Anchorage, Alaska, performed CPR on him. His companion, Ryan Johnson of Holland, Mich., ran the rest of the way to the parking lot to call 911.

Sanders and EMS crews continued to attempt CPR on Fernandez, but all efforts to revive him failed.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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